BYU-Pathway Worldwide Devotional
“If Ye Are Prepared, Ye Shall Not Fear"
When I finished my mission over 40 years ago, I came to the United States to work and save money to start college at BYU. While working and preparing to start college, I had a strong impression of returning to my country in Mexico to study. The impression was so strong that I didn’t hesitate to return.
When I arrived in Chihuahua, Mexico, my home state, to enroll in college, they informed me that since I had graduated from the Juarez Stake Academy, a Church high school in Mexico, which was not incorporated at that time into the Mexican educational system, it would not be possible to enter the university where I was applying.
I moved to Mexico City to explore other possibilities at other universities, but unfortunately, none accepted my application.
Disappointed by the impossibility of entering the university, I asked them for their recommendation. I was told I had two options: move back to the United States, where my high school studies were accepted, or study high school again. Guess what I decided? Yes! I decided to take the most complex life decision, to stay in Mexico, and start again.
Due to the strong impression from the Spirit that came to me days before returning to my home country, I did not hesitate to stay in Mexico and return to high school. That meant I would have to study another three years before starting university. On the first day of school, I burst into tears in the back of the classroom. Those moments were challenging, as you can imagine. I hope none of you have had to receive two high school diplomas.
At that time, I met my wife, Pilar, and I proposed to her while attending high school for the second time. She must have loved me very much for her to agree to marry a student not in college but in high school. After more than 40 years, I recognized that the impression I had to move back to Mexico came from the Spirit.
The Lord helped me make the right decision. I met my wife, one of the greatest blessings of my life. I had adequate academic preparation and got an excellent job that would allow me to raise a family in the gospel and provide them with everything they needed.
Two of my three children are working from home for international companies. David, the oldest with three children and serving in a stake presidency, has a prominent position in his company based in the United States. Fernanda, the youngest, works from her home for a company based in California. Both do their jobs from a computer back home in Mexico. I am mentioning these two cases so you can see that it doesn't matter where you live. You can strive to get your education, work from your residence, and accomplish your goals through technology.The Lord has given us the comforting assurance that “if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.”